Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The garbage story is dead, long live the garbage story

(Sue Reeve, London Free Press)

Occupying the top third of the newsprint edition of the London Free Press today is a wildlife exhibit, capturing in perfect repose the routine aggressive gesture of the politician in its natural habitat of permanent third-party opposition. With its unerring instincts for depleted hunting grounds, the atavistic pack's leader ferociously circles territory abandoned by other predators and scavenges for voter carcasses.

After a week of picking out their own headlines, London mayor Anne Marie DeCicco and other area politicians appear to have moved on after desultorily concluding, with the courteous minimum of affected remorse, that they have neither "the influence, authority or jurisdiction" to do anything about the city of Toronto's private purchase of the Green Lane landfill in Elgin county, after a meeting with Ontario environment minister Laurel Broten. Odd… I could have told them that last week. Come 2010, we can see for ourselves just how appreciable is the difference in Londoners' lives whether Toronto's garbage is trucked down the 401 to Michigan or to Elgin county, or whether Toronto's garbage is so much more severe in character than other municipalities' garbage ending up in the same place. And by that time even Howard Hampton will have departed from such barren politicking.

Update: The issue is still not dead. Area politicians are in no hurry to discuss real issues, like taxes, debt, crumbling infrastructure and crime. Yet another article about Toronto's garbage in the crap press:
Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley urged London Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best to call a meeting of regional mayors to try to block the sale, which closes in about 80 days.

"This isn't the time to give up," Bradley said yesterday.

He was referring to DeCicco-Best's comments after a meeting Tuesday with Ontario Environment Minister Laurel Broten, who said she won't intervene to block the sale.

[..] "It's never over until it's over," he said. "It's a political issue now and we should continue to make it an issue and let the elected Liberal MPPs know there are going to be political consequences."

DeCicco-Best said she will call a meeting of regional mayors by Monday once she's gathered enough information.
What will Anne-Marie do? Collect signatures?